Nurses Union Calls for Increased Security Following Attack

MANITOBA, Canada — The Manitoba Nurses Union (MNU) raised concerns about security in rural health care centers after a nurse was assaulted on March 15. A patient at a facility in Hamiota locked two nurses in a room; he attacked one of them and then fled the scene in a stolen vehicle.

While hospitals in more urban areas such as Winnipeg have security officers, many rural facilities do not, CTV reports. The MNU has suggested that security officers be stationed at rural facilities and nurses be equipped with a panic button in case of emergency.

The nurse who was attacked is expected to make a full recovery. The hospital’s emergency plan is currently under review. Penny Gilson, CEO of the Assiniboine Regional Health Authority, told the news source that any security changes would take time to implement. 

The suspect was later arrested while on a local highway.

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